Best Android Tablets – November 2022
9to5Google’s picks for the best Android tablets are based on value, performance, software support duration, and US availability.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series
If you really want the best of the best when it comes to an Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S8, S8+, and S8 Ultra are the best options.
All three run on top of the super-powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, feature ample storage and a microSD card slot, and have big, bright displays. The Tab S8 has an 11-inch LCD screen while the Tab S8+ and Tab S8 Ultra both feature AMOLED displays. The Tab S8+ measures 12.4 inches while the Ultra measures in at 14.6 inches in screen size. All three include an S Pen in the box, too.
You’ll get Android 13 on all three tablets starting in November 2022, with software support lasting four years on major Android updates and five years on security updates, starting with the tablet’s release in early 2022.
Of course, all three come with a price. Galaxy Tab S8 starts at $699, Tab S8+ at $899, and Tab S8 Ultra at $1,099. For Black Friday, though, there are some killer deals out there, including the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra in the hundreds.
Amazon Fire Tablet
On the other end of the spectrum, the Amazon Fire Tablet series is a great place to get a killer value. Each tablet runs on top of a heavily modified version of Android that uses the Amazon Appstore instead of the Google Play Store, which is perhaps the biggest problem.
But for streaming movies, playing games, reading books, or general web browsing, Amazon Fire tablets are a great option, starting around $50 and often much less around the holidays. There’s even a special kids’ version that comes with a protective case and replacement warranty.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
The Galaxy Tab A8 is an affordable option for a feature-packed Play Store tablet. Samsung’s affordable tablet has a 10.5-inch display, USB-C charging, 128GB of storage, and a reasonable $229 price tag, dropping to $149 for Black Friday.
Instead, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite has a smaller 8.7-inch screen and a $159 price tag, but that’s down to $99 on Black Friday.
Perhaps the biggest asterisk on these tablets is their software update policy, which will only offer two major Android updates and less frequent security patches.
Lenovo P12 Pro
The Lenovo P12 Pro is an alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 series on the higher end. It has a 12.6 inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 870 processor and a stylus included as well. The P12 Pro launched with Android 11, but Android 12L was on its way. It’s a great alternative and left us walking happy. It also features Google Entertainment Space and some other tablet exclusive features. It usually retails for $750, but it can be found for even less.
Buy Lenovo P12 Pro
Or… maybe just get an iPad
While Android tablets are getting better, it remains quite clear that the best tablet for anyone, even those with an Android phone, is Apple’s iPad. You get several years of major updates, a solid library of apps and games optimized for the big screen, and software that takes advantage of the big screen better than bone Android tablets.
The most affordable iPad is the $329 iPad 9th Generation, which is often on sale. For Black Friday, the price is down to just $270.
The next step up from there is the iPad 10th Generation, which is refurbished and costs $449. The iPad Air and iPad Pro both improve features and performance for higher price tags. You can find out more at 9to5Mac.
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